(Closed) To Post Prices, Or Not To Post…

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Do you prefer a wedding photographer to have their prices listed on their website?

    No, I don't care.

    Meh, a starting point would be good enough!

    Yes!

  • Post # 47
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @sillygoat:  Hi there. I wasted some serious time meeting with photogs because they didn’t post prices online. Ok, if I knew the package I wanted was going to be $6K, I would have saved us BOTH time.

    Post # 48
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I personally think you will get more leads if you put the pricing on your site.

     A) weed out the folks whose budgets are seriously lower than your rates

     B) Become an option to all the brides who just want the process to be easy and skip the photographers that they have to email to get pricing  

     

    When I was looking for a photographer, I spent the most amount of time looking thru the photos because I was looking for someone who went more artistic than classic wedding photography.  Then, I thanked them silently if they had their package information online and emailed them if they did not.  At the end of the day, their email was ALL white noise except for the price. I didn’t allow myself to get “emotionally attached” without knowing if we could pull them off pricewise first.  After all the information gathering (maybe 12-15 photographers) we sat down and weeded them out based on photos and pricing, met with 4 of them and then selected.  Personality had a LOT to do with the final selection, but first and foremost I cared about the art and the cost.  Personality basically just closed the deal.  

    Post # 49
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    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I wouldnt post all the packages on the website but I would post the starting prices. My wedding photographer did it this way and she said she did it this way because her prices were on the higher side (starting at $3,900) and she didnt want couples who were ‘shopping around for the best deal’ but were more invested in her style of photographer and willing to pay for the product they wanted.

    Post # 50
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    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    @sillygoat:  I’m going to end up reiterating what many PPs have said here. Certainly it is not necessary to post anything. But it is tremendously helpful to at least provide a starting point on your website.

    In reading one of your later replies, you’ve mentioned that only two couples who met with you didn’t end up booking with you. I want to draw your attention to one of my own experiences. I had a one hour phone conversation with my number one photography choice. After that conversation, the vendor decided to release pricing to me, at which point I discovered that their starting point was almost double my budget. I was emotionally invested after all that dialogue, certainly, but not enough so to blow my budget.

    TL;DR: As a client, I would prefer if you posted all your prices freely. However, I understand it may be better business to post nothing at all. By posting a starting point, you may see (somewhat) fewer interested parties. However, in doing so, there will a lesser likelihood of potential clients declining your services based on finances… potential clients will be more likely to decline based on client/photographer fit and quality of services. Smile

    PS. I’m really quite glad to see you posting this. Thank you!

    Post # 52
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    Sugar bee

    I agree with PP about posting prices or at least doing the “Starting at $XXXX.” Even if I love your style, if I can’t afford you, I don’t want to waste your time and mine.

    Post # 53
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    251 posts
    Helper bee

    I guess I have a bit of a different opinion than these other Bees, because I do not think it is a must to have your prices posted, and I actually think it is bad thing to have full prices listed. The most I would ever think someone should do is a starting point. Why? Because I am sure your costs will go up so you’ll have to change your pricing.

    I also, personally, don’t like the idea of seeing prices on a website, because I want to judge the photographer for their pictures and not compare this $3,000 photographer to another $3,000 or to see if I can get a cheaper photographer but for the same quality of work. Photography is not one of those things I would be will to “bargain hunt” for. I’ll admit though, I have seen some really BAD photographers out there and when I saw how much they were charging I litterally laughed out loud thinking “Ha, there is no way you are worth that much.”

    However, this is just my opinion, I am not saying I am right where the other’s are wrong, not at all. I had an unlimited budget for photography (as in, I would sacrafice other areas of my wedding to get any photographer that I wanted) so I wasn’t looking at prices to see if I could afford them – so my perspective is, of course, unique compared to those who have a very set budget for photography. So for me, I wasn’t looking at prices, I was looking at quality. Quality is what got me to pick up that phone and call the photographers. 

    Post # 54
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    278 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I really don’t understand this concept of not posting prices and that will keep people interested…. if you’re too expensive, you’re too expensive. Whether I think you’re great or not.

    Post # 55
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    @sillygoat: 
                        I voted yes. First thing when I go to a photographer’s website is checking out the portfolio and seeing if they have a Facebook page and checking out anything there. Than if I like the work I see, I go to see if there are prices/packages that I might be interested in. (Most say at the bottom that they can make custom packages too) I’d rahter not waste photographer’s time or  spend the time getting to know a photographer if they don’t offer what I am looking for or can’t really afford the work. I realize that it shouldn’t all be about cost/packages and that you should be able to connect with the photographer but at the end of the day, if you can’t afford it, you can’t afford it. I’d rather start connecting with a photographer once I know that I am going to hire them. 

    Post # 57
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I only did business with vendors who posted their prices on their websites (and that had websites).  I don’t have time to email, call, meet, or chat with with people I don’t know if I can afford.  It also lets you know if they are more or less fair, open and honest when it comes to pricing.

    Post # 58
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    370 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    @sillygoat:  honestly, it wouldn’t matter how “emotionally invested” I am in your work or how much I really love it….if you’re out of my price range, I’m not choosing you.  I had a very strict $1,500 budget when it came to our wedding photography.  If prices listed were any more than that, I didn’t keep that photographer on my list of options.  I am also someone that assumed if prices weren’t listed, the photographer was probably too expensive and I didn’t even bother contacting them.

    Post # 59
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I was trying to do my entire wedding for around $7,000, so I had a pretty strict budget for photography. I didn’t consider anyone who didn’t list prices on their site because I assumed they would be out of my price range. (Granted, you would have been way above my budget.) In the end, I did end up going a little over budget, but I considered it to be worth it for everything I got in return. (My photographer’s starting package was within my original budget, but I decided to upgrade that and get engagement pictures and a photobooth too.)

    Post # 60
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    251 posts
    Helper bee

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    @sillygoat:  I really don’t think it is uncommon for vendors not to list their prices. In fact, none of my vendors listed their prices. Not my venue, not my florist, not my caterer, not my DJ, not my baker, and certainly not my photographer…I had to call them all personally.

    I guess I just strongly disagree with the majority of the views here. I don’t think that you should judge a photographer on “price”, even with a limited budget. If you see a photographer with quality work and you want to know how much they cost, but you aren’t willing to pick up the phone and find out, then I don’t think that person is the photographer for you.

    If it were my business, I would want to make sure I was only being contacted by people who were serious about my services, and I just don’t think people who “don’t have the time” to e-mail/call someone are serious about your work. I just think that people who are drawn to your quality will contact you for pricing, and if they can’t afford you, they can’t afford you.

    I think if you have quality work, you won’t be hurting for clients (given you live in an area where there is a lot of business for wedding photography) if you don’t post your prices.

    Post # 61
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I’m planning a wedding from out of town while in graduate school.  I don’t have that much time, so if I don’t have information super easily accessible, I’m not going to take the time to find that information out.  I didn’t even think twice before automatically nixing any photographer without a price quote on their website.  

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